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Amboy
Location of Amboy, Minnesota
Location of Amboy, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Blue Earth
Government
 • Type Mayor - Council
Area
 • Total 0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
 • Land 0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,040 ft (317 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 535
 • Density 1,625.00/sq mi (628.10/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56010
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-01324
GNIS feature ID 0639321

Amboy is a city in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 535 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city was founded in 1879. It celebrated its 125th anniversary in September 2004.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.31 square miles (0.80 km2), all of it land.

U.S. Route 169 and Minnesota State Highway 30 are two of the main routes in the community.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 56
1890 215 283.9%
1900 432 100.9%
1910 435 0.7%
1920 527 21.1%
1930 593 12.5%
1940 576 −2.9%
1950 585 1.6%
1960 629 7.5%
1970 571 −9.2%
1980 606 6.1%
1990 517 −14.7%
2000 575 11.2%
2010 534 −7.1%
2020 535 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2020 Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 534 people, 232 households, and 157 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,722.6 inhabitants per square mile (665.1/km2). There were 260 housing units at an average density of 838.7 per square mile (323.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.8% White, 1.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population.

There were 232 households, of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.3% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.78.

The median age in the city was 41.7 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.

History

Shelby Township was organized in 1858, the year Minnesota achieved statehood. The township's main inducement to settlement was its rich prairie loam, rendered still more attractive by the availability of wood lots along the Blue Earth River. By 1860, Shelby Township was the most populous in Blue Earth County. In addition to its 315 residents, it also sustained a small but thriving village known as Shelbyville, located in Section 35, about two miles south of modern Amboy. In the early 1860s Shelbyville hosted the county fair. The town included a hotel, church, schoolhouse, mill, two stores, a blacksmith shop, a wagon shop, and a post office.

By 1875, Shelby Township was a relatively mature agricultural area, well known for grains and livestock. At that time, the township's population was 800, and it remained at approximately the same level for the next thirty years. Despite such overall stability, there were some significant population shifts within the township itself.

The main catalyst for change was the St. Paul and Sioux City Railway (later a part of the Omaha Road), which in 1879 built a north-south branch line through Blue Earth County. In several townships along the proposed route, residents offered the railroad financial incentives to locate a depot in their vicinity. For reasons that are not completely clear, the citizens of Shelbyville declined to do so. On September 2, 1879, they voted down a proposition to give the railroad a $10,000 grant. A week earlier, however, a group of farmers residing two miles north of Shelbyville had made the railroad an offer of their own.

The farmers' proposal, which was accepted, was to buy forty acres of land for the railroad, if the railroad would lay out town lots, build a depot, and build a grain elevator. The town, named Amboy, was laid out in October 1879. This triggered the death of Selbyville, which was deserted within three years, the buildings having been moved to other locations. Incorporating as a city in 1887, Amboy had more than 400 inhabitants by the turn of the century.



Education

Maple River West Middle School is located in Amboy. As the name implies it was a middle school, which serviced 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. In the spring of 2009, the board members of The Maple River School District, Independent School District #2135, voted in favor of closing the Amboy middle school and reorganizing the student body in an effort to cut costs. Elementary students of Amboy normally go to schools in Minnesota Lake or Mankato, while middle or high school students usually attend schools in Mapleton, Lake Crystal or Mankato.

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